Dates Set to Take Ownership of New Construction at TCMH

Texas County Memorial Hospital will take ownership of the first floor of the new 59,000 square foot expansion at the county hospital on Tuesday, May 7, hospital board members heard at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26.

“JE Dunn will turn the keys to the first floor over to us on May 7 and furniture will arrive on May 8 and 9,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, told board members.

TCMH will use the first week of first floor ownership to move furniture into place, train staff, update policies and procedures. A public grand opening for the new construction is planned on Thursday, May 16.

A relocation team at TCMH that has been planning the move into the new construction will move the radiology department, the emergency department and the registration department beginning in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, May 20.

“We will plan for seamless transition from the old ER to the new ER,” Murray said. “The ER staff will see patients in the new and the old ERs until all patients can be transitioned to the new ER.”

Murray also reported that TCMH will take ownership of the second floor of the expansion construction on June 14th. A relocation plan is in the works for moving the medical surgical department to the second floor, too.

Related renovation will begin inside the hospital in May. As hospital departments move, contractors will begin to transform the vacated spaces into new spaces for many other departments located inside TCMH. Departments such as cardiopulmonary, laboratory, dietary, cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy will gain additional storage and patient care space as their departments expand into vacated areas.

Specific plans for the public grand opening are in progress. In addition to a dedication ceremony, TCMH plans to have a ribbon cutting and reception with tours of the new construction area before they are in use for patient care.

“The barbeque to thank our subcontractors was a big success,” Murray told board members.

Murray explained that about 50 subcontractors and 175 employees were in attendance at the event.

“The new ambulance garage was filled with employees that joined JE Dunn and Dr. Kerr in thanking them for the important work they are doing to advance the future of healthcare in our community,” Murray said.

Contractors are currently working in the space between the current hospital and the new construction, tying in the current hospital with the expansion. Work on the new helipad will also begin soon. The new helipad will be located between the new construction and highway 63 beside the East side of the new construction.

“Patients can be transported to the helipad through doors connected to the new ER, just a short walk outside the ER,” Murray said.

Here are some photos showing current construction progress….

A semi-clear covering is going on the canopies outside the entrances/exits.

A semi-clear covering is going on the canopies outside the entrances/exits.


The glass area on the left is the ER waiting room, the entrance/exit doors are next to the canopy.

The glass area on the left is the ER waiting room, the entrance/exit doors are next to the canopy.


The is the view from inside the ER waiting area.

The is the view from inside the ER waiting area.


This is the main entrance/exit.  The canopy is still awaiting its top, and the glass needs some finish work, too.

This is the main entrance/exit. The canopy is still awaiting its top, and the glass needs some finish work, too.


This is the view from the main reception desk looking at the main entrance doors.

This is the view from the main reception desk looking at the main entrance doors.


The glass is in the doors that add privacy to outpatient registration area.

The glass is in the doors that add privacy to outpatient registration area.


Minor details remain to be completed in the radiology department.  This area is a hallway between procedure rooms.  A computer work station is located along the counter area.

Minor details remain to be completed in the radiology department. This area is a hallway between procedure rooms. A computer work station is located along the counter area.


The right side of the nurses' station in the new area.  The glass area behind the station is the ER pharmacy area.

The right side of the nurses’ station in the new area. The glass area behind the station is the ER pharmacy area.


The left side of the nurses' station in the new area.  The glass area behind the desk provides a view into the trauma room.

The left side of the nurses’ station in the new area. The glass area behind the desk provides a view into the trauma room.


The right side of the trauma room entrance.

The right side of the trauma room entrance.


The left side of the trauma room entrance.

The left side of the trauma room entrance.


Cabinetry is going up in patient rooms.

Cabinetry is going up in patient rooms.


Shower in a patient room.

Shower in a patient room.


Toilet in a patient room.

Toilet in a patient room.


A laminate wood floor is going in each patient room.

A laminate wood floor is going in each patient room.

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